The Confined Arts (TCA) is a program that cultivates and showcases the talents and creative voices of artists directly impacted by mass incarceration and intersecting social justice issues. TCA enables artists to express their voices through the visual and performing arts, poetry, and music as a means to abolish inhumane narratives and socially degrading stigmas that are used to describe the past experiences and limit the futures of individuals impacted by incarceration. Through artistry, collaborative activism, research, education and training, TCA equips artists to influence policy change, and use their artistry and knowledge to advocate for a world anchored on empathy and saturated with healing and prevention-based policies.
RTH is a program created by returning
citizens to help people heal from the trauma of incarceration.
Guided by teaching artists, peer
facilitators, and social workers, participants support
each other in learning to tell their stories in many ways. RTH culminates in a transformative public performance for the participants and healing for
their families and the wider community.
In 2020 The Confined Arts partnered with the Center for Court Innovation and Conspiring for Good to MAP, GALVANIZE AND SUPPORT artists, arts organizations, projects, and programs focused on racial justice, restorative justice, transformative justice, and Criminal Justice Reform by forming the ARTS JUSTICE SAFETY COALITION. This coalition is made up of Arts programs and practitioners working at the intersection of the criminal legal system and integrating safety, accountability and justice into their work.